All posts tagged blockbuster

‘Welcome to the Desert of the Virtually Real’ – Ready Player One and The Heavenly Hazards of Nostalgia

For those of you that have now seen Steven Spielberg’s latest film, Ready Player One, you were no doubt attracted to it, and left your screening of it satisfied, due […]

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Review – Less Planet Earth, More Planet Hollywood, in this Amusing and Action-Packed Return to the Jungle World of Jumanji

There’s been a lot of criticism aimed at Hollywood’s habit of rebooting every franchise going. So eyebrows were suitably raised when it was announced that Sony was tackling a sequel […]

John Carpenter, Master of Disguise: Why He’s the Answer to that Classic Question of what Cinema Should Be

There’s that well-known argument between film fans: should cinema be art, or just pure entertainment? Can one be entertained by one of Andrei Tarkovsky’s slow-burning allegories, or find an artistic […]

The Mummy Review – The ‘Dark Universe’ Needs a Few Bandages to Bring Itself Back to Life after this Lukewarm, yet Innocently Fun, Start

If there is one trend that has really surged into the blood stream of the film industry, it’s the so-called ‘Cinematic Universe’. Marvel, DC, Fox, they’ve all jumped aboard the […]

In Space, No One Will Hear Star Wars Fans’ Scream: Why the Alien Franchise needs to Lead Science Fiction filmmaking

WARNING: SPOILERS FOR ALIEN: COVENANT AHEAD Following the release of Alien: Covenant and Ridley Scott’s assertion that he’d like to continue building this franchise, it would seem to take precedence, […]

Superhero movies: when will it end?

The recent rise of superheroes, remakes and sequels in the last 20 years is undeniable. Most people are either in two camps about this: you’re either welcoming the growing universe […]

Kubrick, the man

*Play Beethoven’s Symphony 9, Op. 125* We all know of Stanley Kubrick, legendary director, famously anal-retentive perfectionist, and focal point of many conspiracy theories. He is one of the first […]

Underwater Documentaries

Being a lover of the ocean and most things aquatic has meant that the release of Blackfish (2013) is much-anticipated one. Director Gabriella Cowperthwaite documents the life of infamous killer […]